Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has called for calm on the recent attack on Ondo State indigenes in Plateau State.
According to him, the situation is under control, adding that he has been assured by the governor of Plateau State, Samuel Ortom, that he was on top of the situation.
The governor urged residents of the state not to take laws into their hands , as reprisal for the attack.
He disclosed that the identity of victims were yet to be ascertained but preliminary report indicated that it was a case of mistaken identity.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, “an unconfirmed number of deaths are believed to have been recorded while some are severely injured in the said attack.”
He stated further that, ” The incident was a case of mistaken identity. The victims, according to preliminary reports, took a route where crisis between Muslims and Northern Christians had ensued for some time, and that they may have been possibly, mistaken for aggressors. Accordingly, either of the two feuding groups in the area could be responsible in this regard.”
The State Chief Executive appealed to the people to refrain from any hasty colouration of the incident, maintained that Ondo State indigenes living in Plateau are not targets of any religion or ethnic crisis.
“I have spoken with my brother Governor in Plateau, and he has assured me that the situation is under control. I want to plead with our people to remain calm. From the report I gathered, it is clear some were killed while many others who are injured have been taken to the hospital for medical attention “.
“While assuring that justice will be served, I want to plead again that we do not take law into our hands. Let us remain calm. I also want to commiserate with the family of all those who have lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. We mourn the departed and feel the pains of their loved ones.”
The governor used the recent development to assure indigenes of state living outside the state , of his commitment to their safety.